Closing date: 31 May 2019

This scholarship is funded by Swansea University and the European Research Council (ERC).

Project Supervisors:

Start date: October 2019

Project description:

The surface dynamics group in Swansea University is home to a unique molecular beam apparatus which uses magnetic field manipulations to control and measure the rotational quantum state of a molecule as it collides with a surface, experiments which are impossible to perform using any other existing technique. Following our proof of principle demonstrations, we are now applying this new technique to study the interaction of various small molecules with metallic and insulating surfaces. The PhD project, which is part of our 5-year ERC consolidator research project “rotational waves”, will include aspects of designing parts of an experimental instrument, performing ultra-sensitive surface science measurements and designing and implementing data analysis techniques.

The research activities are along the interface between physics and chemistry (physical chemistry). Excellent applicants from either or both of these disciplines are encouraged to apply.

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Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

To apply, please complete and return the following documents to the College of Science:

  • College of Science PGR Scholarship Application
  • Academic References – all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline, as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please either include these with your scholarship application or ask your referees to send them directly to
  • Academic Transcripts and Degree Certificates – academic transcripts and degree certificates must be submitted along with the scholarship application by the funding deadline. We will be using these to verify your academic qualifications.
  • A recent CV
  • Candidates should use the ‘Supplementary Personal Statement’ section of the application form to explain why the award they are applying for particularly matches their skills and experience and how they would choose to develop the project.

Please email the documents to with ‘ERC 1 PHD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION’ in the subject line of your email or post them to:

Recruitment and Marketing Team
College of Science
Wallace Building
Swansea University
Singleton Park
Swansea SA2 8PP

Informal enquiries before the deadline for formal applications are welcome by emailing Professor Gil Alexandrowicz (

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have a first, upper second class honours or a Master’s degree with Merit, in Physics or Chemistry or closely related discipline.

For candidates whose first language is not English, we require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in each component) or equivalent. Please visit our website for a list of acceptable English language tests. We prefer candidates to have already met the English Language requirements at the point of application, although this is not a requirement.

This scholarship is open to candidates of any nationality, however funding details for international students are to be confirmed.

Funding Notes

This scholarship covers the full cost of UK/EU tuition fees for three years and an annual stipend of £14,999. 

Funding details for international students are to be confirmed.

Funding Information

Application Deadline:

31 May 2019

Please see our website for how to apply:
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